We have new leaders in the Welsh National League Premier Division after Cefn Albion pummelled village rivals Penycae 5-0. The result left the hosts boss Ben Heath exasperated with him saying “we failed to make enough chances and when we did they were wasted and just could not get the ball in the net after creating 4 one on one situations.” Albion therefore have the local bragging rights with Alex Williams enabling his side to take a 10th minute lead and that is how the opening half finished. The second half witnessed a brilliant away performance to take the hosts apart. New signing Kyle Thomas tapped home to give the Albion a two goal cushion before the red hot Alex Williams smashed home the third after some good work from Danny Holland. At 3-0 down Penycae were on the canvass and further goals from Jimmy Jones and hat-trick hero Alex Williams completed a derby day nap hand.

Overnight leaders Rhostyllen were held to a 1-1 draw in a pulsating clash at Brymbo, first blood went the visitors’ way when Tom Douglas prodded home from close range. Ben Kearney levelled and on the half hour mark, Douglas put his side 2-1 in front. Almost from the restart, Kearney levelled things again. On 85 minutes Luke Thornley thought he had snatched a winner for Brymbo but there was late drama after the hosts conceded a penalty and Douglas was on hand to convert and complete his treble. A summing up from Rhostyllen chief Warren Duckett was “we had a goal disallowed goal but Tom saved our blushes with a spot-kick but I would admit it was probably a fair result overall.”

It is the battle of the bottom two sides at Hope Sports Centre where Castell Alun Colts went down 2-1 at home against Brickfield Rangers all after skipper Tom Adams had given his side the lead. A strike from distance Jon Swales levelled the clash enabling Andy Vale to grab a late winner.

Chirk AAA’s were clearly ring rusty and having not played for 4 weeks and they were sunk 3-1 in their own back yard against neighbours Plas Madoc whose marksmen were Sean Valentine, Nicky Williams and Jordon Powell, reducing the arrears was Joe Roberts.

Holywell Town hit Rhos Aelwyd for six, quite literally in fact 6-0 to go 3rd in the table. Despite having the lion’s share of the play it was not until the half hour mark they broke the deadlock when Dylan Allshorn set up Sam Jones to net from close range. Almost from the restart they doubled their tally with this time Jones being the provider for Allshorn to fire home and then with only a further minute on the clock, Rhos were on the rack when Allshorn crossed for Jake Cooke to head in via the cross bar. It was game over for Rhos when straight from the kick off in the second half Sam Jones fed Mark Connolly who tapped the ball home. Connolly got his second of the afternoon with 70 minutes on the clock and Jones completed the whitewash late on.

It was a point apiece at Sandy Lane, where Saltney Town locked horns with title-chasers Mold Alex. The visitors took the lead in the first half when Saltney’s Daniel Burgess failed to deal with a long throw in, and the towering Steve Watkin headed home. In the second half, the home side looked far more like themselves, and a period of good play was rewarded with an Elliot Bond goal. Although the ‘shots on target’ tally was fairly poor for both teams, it was a decent contest and a result that all would deem fair. The result leaves Saltney’s unbeaten run intact, with 4 wins and 2 draws from their last 6 outings. Mold boss Mike Cunningham added “It was a frustrating day for us, I felt we were in control of the game but the final ball or finish let us down on the day. We also limited Saltney to opportunities and we feel with have done enough to win the game but it wasn’t to be and we pick ourselves up and take the positives into next week”.

Llay Welfare chief Mike Gadie was pleased as punch with his side’s 2-1 success against FC Queens Park and they took a 10th minute lead when Matty Worrall fired past the on rushing Joey Jones. Park did have the better of the opening half and Aled Powell went close connecting well with a Barry Torrence pass but somehow Jack Edwards the Llay defender managed to clear it off the line and soon after, Aled Powell had a shout for a penalty turned down when he appeared to have been impeded inside the box but nothing was given. The first half was littered with Queens Park yellow cards as they picked up 4 yellows for dissent off the referee, one of these would come back to haunt them as soon as the second half started Josh Philips received a second yellow for what looked more like an innocuous challenge in an attempt to get the ball. With the man advantage Llay set back and picked the visitors off on the counter attack and it was one of these counters that enabled them to double their tally through Tom Godburn. Late in the game, Park boss Dave Evans pushed fullback Luke Hughes up front and he immediately pegged a goal back but it was too little too late.

Rhydymwyn were sunk 2-1 by Llanuwchllyn who broke the deadlock in the 27th minute through Joe Evans, Danny Wynne cancelled things out prior to the break but Sam Evans grabbed the winner for the visitors with 5 minutes remaining.

In Division One Coedpoeth United beat Cefn Mawr Rangers 3-0 but they were slow to get into their stride but when they did they were masterful and cantered home with strikes from Matty Thomas, Nathan Jones and Alistair Gibson who has been outstanding after being snapped up from Gresford Athletic.

Elsewhere in Division One, Llangollen Town went down 3-1 at home against Mynydd Isa Spartans. Scoring for the Spartans were Kieran Jones (2) and Kallum Pierce with Llan benefitting from an Adrian Davies own goal.

Turning to the Reserves Division, Buckley Town whitewashed Brickfield Rangers 6-0 with Tom Gunson bagging a brace with Lewis Marley, Rhys Powell, Harry Jones and Ryan Dunne cementing the win.

After a goal-less opening half, Hawarden Rangers came good to beat Corwen who had taken the lead through Will Hughes but Jamie Brailsford levelled and Tom Janney netted a late winner.

Mold Alexandra proved comfortable 4-0 winners against Holywell Town with strikes from Arron Davies, Kevin Day, Ed Lloyd and Luke Woolley.

Ruthin Town just shaded their clash with Penycae 2-1 and on target were Owain McKee and Rob Williams. Ahmed Ally replied for Penycae.

There was just the one Reserves and Colts Division fixture and Ruthin Town Colts defeated Coedpoeth United 4-0 and their marksmen were Dan Smith (2), Gruff McKee and Peter Jones.